Providing comfort and support to people who are dying, and to their loved ones
The Klickitat Valley Health Hospice team is dedicated to easing the fears, anxieties, and discomforts that occur during the advanced stages of illness.
KVH gives people who are reaching the end of their life the opportunity to choose how they will live the rest of their lives. The hospice team, including the patient’s physician, provides information, education, and fulfillment of each patient’s choices, including those sometimes small but always special things that give each individual life its own unique luster.
When Is Hospice Appropriate?
Hospice care is appropriate when the patient’s physician determines that curative efforts are no longer appropriate and when life expectancy is six months or less.
Patients have the option to return to curative therapy at any time. Any patient, family member, friend or physician can call Klickitat Valley Health Hospice Care and get immediate information about how we can help.
Hospice care can begin immediately upon referral from the patient’s physician. A representative from Klickitat Valley Health typically visits the patient within 24 hours to evaluate his or her eligibility and needs and to begin care.
Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance.
Klickitat Valley Health Hospice Care is Medicare-certified, which means that someone on Medicare receives hospice services at no cost.
What Makes KVH Hospice Exceptional?
Klickitat Valley Health Hospice is:
- Licensed by the State of Washington
- Certified by Medicare and Medicaid
- Approved by private insurance carriers
- Care from Licensed Professionals who live in your community
Klickitat Valley Health Hospice Care provides services that are customized to the needs of the patient, which include:
- Pain management
- Symptom management
- Providing necessary medications, medical supplies and equipment
- Assistance with emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of end-of-life
- Guiding family members on how best to care for the patient
- Specialized services such as speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy and music therapy when needed
- Short-term inpatient care when appropriate
- Respite for caregivers as needed
- Grief services and support for surviving family members and loved ones
Living Your Life to the Fullest
Living with a progressive illness can often be frightening, frustrating and confusing. By accepting hospice, you do not have to walk this journey alone.
Klickitat Valley Health’s multi-disciplinary staff work with you and your family to create a plan of care specific to your own wants, needs and goals. We also change this plan as needed. You and your family, rather than the disease itself, become the center and the focus of care. Working together, we can ensure that you receive comprehensive care and symptom management in an atmosphere of compassion, dignity and grace.
Continuing Your Life At Home
Did you know that Medicare and Medicaid allow many hospice services at home? Some of these services include:
- Home visits by registered nurses
- Home visits by social workers and counselors
- Home visits by hospice aides
- Home visits by volunteers
- Spiritual Care services;
- Family counseling services during hospice care
- Palliative physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech pathology
- Dietary consultations
The professional staff and volunteers at KVH Hospice Care are committed to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well being of their patients and the people who care for them.
We provide care wherever a patient lives, whether it is their personal residence, a skilled nursing facility, an assisted living facility or an adult family home. We serve all of Klickitat County.
Hospice is a family-centered, holistic approach to patient care. The hospice team visits regularly to provide care, answer questions and make the patient as comfortable as possible. We focus exclusively on the patient’s goals and wishes.
Our team supports patients and families with comprehensive expertise in the management of physical, emotional and spiritual needs. For most hospice patients, “comfort care” means spending the last months of their lives within familiar surroundings with family, friends, pets and relaxed routines.